‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 5, Episode 9 Review – A Cabin In The Woods

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Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman in Sons of Anarchy Andare Pescare Sons of Anarchy Season 5, Episode 9 Review   A Cabin In The Woods

Last week, Sons of Anarchy moved the narrative of season 5 ahead considerably with ‘Ablation.’ The heavy episode was an eye-opener in many ways, but more than anything, it put the characters into their starting positions to bring in the storyline’s climax. Most importantly, Gemma (Katey Sagal) was faced with the incredibly difficult choice of picking up the pieces and starting anew with Nero (Jimmy Smits), or maintaining her identity as an old lady – complete with son and grandkids to pester/dote on – provided she gets her son enough information on Clay (Ron Perlman) to make sure the old guy never schemes again.

There were enough dangling issues left at the end of ‘Ablation’ that, to be effective, ‘Andare Pescar,’ needed to address them immediately. To its credit, the episode doesn’t waste any time. The issue of Frankie Diamonds (Chuck Zito) and who would get to him first – Jax (Charlie Hunnam) or Clay – is handled with surprising efficiency that normally would have seemed too brief and too convenient to have any real effect. Frankie’s death could have been another deal-with-Clay-next-season moment for Jax, but it actually serves to pull everyone closer together, making the endgame a possible life or death struggle for some who aren’t even aware their number’s been called. Of course, that’s in reference to Juice (Theo Rossi), and the fact that Jax surmised he was the rat after pressing Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) for information.

A lot of what’s going on this late in the season is interesting primarily because of where the storyline started. Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) was set up to be the major conflict for the season, while whatever scheming Clay, the Galindo Cartel/CIA, and Galen and the IRA had going on took a back seat. Surprisingly, after ‘Laying Pipe,’ Damon Pope was somehow moved to the back of the line, becoming more of an asset and ominous presence than an actual threat. Chances are still high Jax has something planned for him – considering Pope set in motion the events that would lead to Opie’s death – but for now, the MC’s president has more personal matters to attend to.

Most importantly, ‘Andare Pescare’ does a remarkable job of setting the next episode up to deal with the penalty of deceit. Sure, Jax could just out Juice, pull his patch and feed him to the proverbial wolves, but there are too many moves to be made. As he sees it, Juice made a decision to betray the club, and one way or another, he’ll have to pay. Clay got lucky when it came to Frankie, but with Gemma and now (most likely) Juice, Jax has a couple aces up his sleeve. Let the games begin.

Tommy Flanagan and Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy Andare Pescare Sons of Anarchy Season 5, Episode 9 Review   A Cabin In The Woods

Highlights from the episode:

  • “I see you, Gemma.” Nero is clearly a fan of Avatar.
  • Maybe it’s misdirection, but it seems unlikely those ashes are actually Carla (Wanda De Jesus).
  • Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) made it through his Frankie Diamonds ordeal a little bruised, but basically fine.
  • Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) confronting Clay really sold the idea of how much history there is in SAMCRO. Jax chose wisely with his VP.
  • Tara (Maggie Siff) may have convinced Otto (Kurt Sutter) to recant his testimony in the RICO case.
  • The prison and perfume scene between Otto and Tara as sad as it is disturbing. The scene at the end with Tara and perfume is just disturbing.

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  1. This is what someone had to say in the Fb Sons Group about that scene with Tara:

    Natalie Moats:
    The smell of his wifes perfume,stirred some deep buried emotions….,,he is a condemed man,,and that scene was amazing….you could see and feel how tortured his soul is,,,,,all of the sacrifice and loss could be heard in his sobs,,great acting!! And Tara could see it too,,,,Her touching herself thing later,,wasnt about Otto as much as it was having to”wait” yet again for JAX to do club business and come home to her,,,she made a move before he left and was told to “hold that thought”..when she saw the pefume and sniffed it…it reminded her of the deep feelings she saw in Otto and the parallels in her own life….a need for release….not so much sexual as needing “comfort”…imo

    • The Tara masturbation scene made me wonder since I didn’t watch the first two seasons did Tara and Otto’s lady have a girl/girl thing at any point (or was it hinted they did?) That would explain her getting aroused smelling the perfume….too weird?

  2. This show is going downhill and has been since the finale last year. Tired of soooo much time being devoted to Jemma and Tara. I’m tired of this milf/pimp luv story and the family issues with Tara. Get back to the club and club business. The writers seemed to take a shortcut last year and are doing stupid things this year. How much evidence do you really need on Clay? and why would Jacks look “weak and vindictive” to the club if the VP would just get his back and support him?

    • You apparently haven’t been watching the show, they took a shortcuts last year? how? This show has only gotten better with every season, sure this season started out a bit slow but the last 4 eps or so have all been utterly fantastic.

      How much evidence do they really need? Well considering they have 0, id think they need at least some, all of their evidence is circumstantial, and hearsay essentially, not to mention none of the other Sons look at clay like Bobby and Jax do, they still think he’s all for the club and nothing else, some might even think he should still have the gavel, so they need OVERWHELMING evidence. why would he look vindictive? umm look up the definition of vindictive? lol self explanatory.

      Anyways great review, great ep, great season.

      • By shortcut i mean just dumping the whole Ricco case in the finale last year and just releasing everyone….almost like what was the point of the majority of the season.

        Evidence on Clay? How about the letters Jacks has been reading, the affirmation from Jemma about what Clay did to his Dad, what Clay did to Opie’s Dad, enough circumstancial evidence to make an actual court case. But this isn’t even a court case, its a MC! So they would deal with the problem, this isn’t a prosecutor!

        • @ Joe
          Also, Frankie confessed about the home invasions and Clay’s involvement in front of Jax, Chibs, Bobby who’s the clubs VP with Nero and Opie’s ex wife there to confirm it. So like Seansuper I’m also having a hard time wondering why they need even more proof.

          • @Kevin7
            Because again, why would ANYONE unless they had serious doubt’s about clay’s commitment to the club(which only Jax and Bobby do) think that he was telling the truth. To them he’s completely unreliable, i really don’t think this is hard to comprehend, or it’s hard to fathom honestly. It’s like a cop taking a drug addict’s word or something to that effect, it’s completely unreliable testimony.

            @SeanSuper
            None of those things prove that he did the current thing with Jax, those are all old letters, they’re similar to the mob mentality they have to catch you in the act, or the evidence isn’t much worth it. I think the reason for this is because he doesn’t just want clay punished or banished, he wants enough to justify killing him, which is why they need overwhelming evidence.

            The Rico case is still in play also, so sure they might of dumped it last year, but the whole thing with Otto this season pertains to the case, so they didn’t use it as a shortcut really, it’s still in play.

          • what makes frankie a reliable source?

    • I think that the whole Tara/Gemma thing is falling into what Kurt wants to do with the show. To me I think and I may have read somewhere that this season is showing Jax and Tara being the faces of Samcro and how they are doing things to adjust to having the gavel.

  3. So we are supposed to buy into the fact that Jax is going to kill Juice based off the word of one man but despite the mounds and mounds of evidence against Clay they still need more before he dies?

  4. You guys are missing the point. Jax doesnt want to be like Clay. Clay would kill anyone who opposed him on a whim without even think about it. Jax is trying to do the opposite in having the club as a whole decide Clay’s fate. For Clay to get what’s coming to him, he’ll need enough evidence to bury him because Clay is manipulative and sneaky and will lie his way out of everything.

    He would also need more than the word of a traitorous nomad who were clearly trying to overthrow the club. That and the fact that everyone in the club still beleives in Clay. It’s practically a game of “gavels.”

  5. Clay will redeem himself. All this is a smoke screen. Clay is the rightful president because the original nine didn’t all vote that’s Otto. Clay is a piece of work but if you could get over your hatred for him you would see the whole picture. clay is no dummy and he know what gemma is up to but I’m sure he will take the roll in the sack like the fake oxygen. All is not what it appear. Clay is the good guy you willsee and he’s Jaxs biological father. That’s why The Lady Is A Tramp GEMMAAAAAAA.

  6. One thing that stands out for me is how Jax is continuing to be a stone cold killer and sometimes in a vicious manner. So much so that the other members are shown as giving each other the “What the hell” look. Yet they contrast that with him being this well grounded loving family person. Unless he has a psychotic personality I don’t think he can realistic turn it off and on like that. I think they either need to show his personality grow darker all the way around or lighten up in his personal vicious attacks…..It just makes him appear less than the real deal

  7. i think Jax’s attacks are spot on, he is learning from how pope did things. If you look at pope one min he is buying ice creams for all the local kids and just before that he was setting a girl on fire. Jax is seeing that if you want to be a king then you need to cool and calm for everyone to talk to but when the time comes you need to be the most vile and outrageous killer there is to strike fear into the hearts of your enemy. great acting and a great character at the moment. Jax really is becoming the king, who dies along the way, im not sure Jax really cares about that know after opie. Before Opie died all he thought about was keeping everyone alive, but now all he thinks about is his family and making sure he gets the job done no matter what the costs are.

    Cant wait for next weeks episode as if that trailer is correct and clay is asking for protection then jesus jax could be making his move already.

  8. Michelle Phillips Crute….I don’t even have the words to argue with all that mumbo jumbo…ridiculous…the whole thing! *shaking head*

  9. I bet as the perfume, mastrubation and sobbing situation went on with otto and tara…..otto’s hand slowly went down on tara……and she did not stop him at that point cause she saw how he felt and cause she was strangely aroused by it and she so desperately wanted to save the club……later on she feels guilty and tries to pacify her guilt by making a move on jax….and when he leaves to get his club business done….she is aroused by the thought of what happened…..and she recreates the scene…by applying the perfume and think of her hand as his……..
    i bet this will be revealed later….probably when otto changes his mind and changes his statement……which im sure he will..
    but then lets wait n watch :) cheers!

  10. Who was the guy that beat up Otto in jail? John teller perhaps?